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Beyond the Story: 10-Year Record of BTS

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Let's not kid ourselves: This oral history was put together by the editor-in-chief of Weverse Magazine and officially published through the gates of HYBE, so it won't pull a Bob Woodward and expose the cruel inner workings of the K-Pop industry, or take a turn and suddenly talk about the personal lives behind the personas of the members, or go full postcolonial studies on the marketing of Korean culture - it's not what the book aims to do. I wonder when these men even had the time to work on this though, cause we've been drowning in new music and other content for a while like. I figured I'd be able to have a variety of experiences if I were an idol and an actor at the same time. During the most recent years they have shown everyone what amazing sunbae they are to the younger generations and proved how it takes nothing to be kind in a world that is already too harsh.

They have been embraced the world over, transcending nations, races, languages, gender, and generations for their music, their passionate performances, and their close connections to their fans. The text takes readers from the trainee days to the Grammy stage, tackling all albums and many ideas behind the multimedia storytelling that is the BTS universe. My first time seeing them was in Berlin for their Love Yourself tour in 2018 (which was also my very first kpop concert) and the second time was in Paris for their Speak Yourself tour in 2019.The fact that despite what they faced, they still became the people we know today is a miracle in and of itself. Complete with a timeline of all major milestones, BEYOND THE STORY is a remarkable archive—truly everything about BTS in one volume. I'm so glad these seven people have each other and as Jimin himself says at the end of the book I'm so glad they are the people they are. Some of them are in the military, some of them are touring the world and some of them are working on their solo albums, but I constantly feel like they're right beside me, just like I've always felt since the moment I met them in 2014. Published in celebration of BTS’s 10th anniversary, Beyond the Story is the highly anticipated book from one of the world’s most successful bands.

For me, I got the impression that, if I looked back on my life later on, I wouldn’t be able to explain it without this part I did together with these people.

It clearly tries to build this hero myth around the members of BTS, doing so mostly by boasting with numbers and surface-level beating-the-odds motivational clichés (an actual quote from the book: "– – BTS's accomplishments over those seven years followed the progression of what could almost be considered a classical hero narrative").

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